Armed Militia Occupiers Should Pay for Damaging Wildlife Refuge, Not the Taxpayers

Target: Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Goal: Make Oregon standoff occupiers pay for damages they caused to Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.

In early 2016, dozens of occupiers led an armed takeover at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, protesting the government’s role in land management. Sixteen people have been indicted and face charges including conspiracy in Oregon, and some could also be charged for previous acts in Nevada. Lasting 41 days, the standoff resulted in one death, severe threats to the surrounding wildlife and costly damage to buildings and surrounding land.

Federal employees and biologists are beginning to return to their place of work after police officers combed the area for booby traps and other potential dangers after the standoff ended. But the office areas and surrounding land are nearly unusable. It is estimated that the occupiers cost the government over $6 million. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published photos of the damage, which includes piles of spoiled food, broken walls and fixtures, stolen equipment and trenches full of human feces. The refuge is said to officially reopen in summer 2016.

These damages show an obvious disrespect for wildlife and the people who work to protect Malheur. Taxpayers should not be responsible for cleaning up the horrific mess left by people who impeded important biological studies, and who endangered the safety of residents of the nearby town of Burns, Oregon.

Encourage Governor Kate Brown to hold those indicted financially responsible for the damages they created at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.


Dear Governor Brown,

The acts of Ammon Bundy and the other occupiers of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge were inexcusable. So, too, is the damage they have left to buildings and surrounding land.

It is estimated that the occupation already has cost the government over $6 million. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has documented leftover rotten food and piles of trash and human waste that compromise the safety of federal employees and their ability to protect the surrounding flora and fauna. Leading up to the standoff, biologists were working on projects to better accommodate the rare bird populations found in Malheur by relocating the carp population. The scientists were unable to reach their work for months, and this disruption cost three years of valuable time in controlling the carp that infringe upon birds’ habitats.

The occupiers were careless in their actions, endangering the people of Burns, Ore., as well as the wildlife that call Malheur home. Their disrespect toward the natural world Oregonians enjoy and work so hard to protect should not go unnoticed. While they are going through the legal process in Oregon and Nevada, please hold those indicted financially responsible for the disaster they have created.


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Photo credit: U.S. Deptartment of Fish and Wildlife

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  1. michael guest says:

    This was like wildlife destruction. After what happened, it’s time hold those people accountable for damaging the Wildlife Refuge, which should not be war zones. No more delays.

    • The government was completely responsible. If you actually knew what happened.this petition is treachery to the people. The government is our enemy not the people.

      • Patricia Webb says:

        Exactly, The government was the ones that started this crap!!!

      • Mary it is you that doesn’t know what you’re talking about. The Bundy’s alone owe millions in back grazing permit fees. These people graze THEIR livestock, for their personal gain, on OUR public lands and they pay almost nothing to do so. They are very heavily subsidized for livestock by the government. They then complain about wild animals being in wild places and killing their livestock so they then KILL wolves, bears, coyotes, bobcats, mountain lions, just to name a few. Then they have the nerve to take over MY/OUR National Wildlife Refuge!! And leave it a filthy mess! If you back them, YOU pay their millions and pay for the clean up.
        And by the way, WE are the government genius! You don’t like, run for office and change it.

      • NONSENSE! Cliven Bundy saved millions of dollars by making use of federally owned lands to graze his cattle…..his sons led this stand-off……

        If you think they are folk heroes of some kind you are VERY naive.

      • Mary, So you are saying that the taxpayers are the ones who should pay for this. Does that mean you are not a taxpayer? Or are you saying you WANT to pay for the damages?

      • I don’t think so.

  2. Shelli Schmidt says:

    Damn right they should pay for this, the tax payers shouldn’t be saddled with $6 million! Make them clean up their own mess.

  3. Don’t let any of these “occupiers” get away w/out paying for damages…They should be subjected to jail, fines & hard labor to help restore damage!

  4. Nature treats back now ? bastards
    Take responsibility for your cruelty
    Live your nightmare now

    Because I am a Guardian for the animals ?

  5. Andrew Davis says:

    These Bastards, should Pay For All the Damage They Did or Caused To Be Done tho the Wildlife Refuge & any Paiute Artifacts! Then Off To Prison With Their Sorry Asses!!!

  6. Make this redneck scum pay the full prize!!!

  7. This is a stock internet photo and this is a scam story! You should be fined for making this petition to further your lie!

    • Patricia Webb says:

      Yep.. I feel the same way!

    • THIS PETITION IS A JOKE and the picture is phony! The Patriots did NOT damage anything the propagandists are simply using people too dumb to do their homework to give “appointed BLM ‘officers” play money. This is how this president rolls. WHAT ELSE IS NEW! JUST GIVE’EM HANDOUTS. ABSOLUTELY CLUELESS !

  8. Hmmm. $6 million for clean-up? Something smells fishy here.
    The FWC isn’t exactly known for their ethical standards…
    Just saying…

  9. So, the same should be said for the BLM for the damage caused by their riots, the paid Trump protesters, the occupy Wall Street bums … the list goes on and on

    • The “BLM” caused riots? When and where? Last I knew officials of the BLM were supporting the “welfare ranchers” like the Bundys and selling off the last of the wild mustangs to slaughterhouses to enrich themselves and “help” the ranchers who of course WANT the land to graze their cattle on… Cliven Bundy has done for years.

  10. These right-wingers feel entitled to everything. They don’t like government because it can be used to hold them accountable for the harm that they cause and force them to act responsibly even thought they don’t want to.

  11. The majority of damage was done by the lying bastards calling themselves the FBI and OSP in their searching process AND to make the occupiers look bad. This story is a CROCK!!

  12. Ummmm…

    Yah, you clowns really think they HAVE six million.

    If the petition makes you feel good, go ahead and sign it.

    That and a buck will not get you a coffee anywhere.


  13. The federal and state governments are run by a muslim with no experience in anything eccept causing harm to the USA, how about horse slaughter? How many hundreds of millions of dollars have the taxpayers paid for this haenous crime against innocent lives and it continues, maybe the people who occupied the rufuge should be made to clean up their mess, but those in the federal government and state governments should all be fired without pensions or benefits, especially filthy whitehouse muslim and his dirty ignorant stupid towelhead ass kissers

  14. while at it how about getting the money the bundy family owes for grazing fees not payed for years.

    • EXACTLY….he is what is called a “welfare Rancher”…..he’s made money and saved money by USING federally owned (i.e., taxpayer owned) land to graze his cattle on for free for years…to the naive and brainwashed, he and his sons are some kind of folk heroes……which is b.s.!

  15. Yes; they must pay for that destruction. Every single last cow those little cowboy rednecks own should be sold and each ranch they own should go on the market; proceeds going to cleaning up our park. A note to those who think “the government is our enemy” and this country is “run by a muslim” — it’s probably your ignorance, bad upbringing, and remarkably low IQs that prompt such appallingly stupid, misguided comments. Ferrigno, 3/31 at 89:008 am — crawl back under your rock.

  16. This is a Bullshit story. They did little if no damage. And the place WAS NOT being occupied by federal employees. It was closed. This is another damned government BS situation like what they tried to pull in Bunklerville Nevada. They are going after these people one at a time. Harry Reid should be ion prison fot starting all of this crap. Remember Ruby Ridge, Waco ?

    • It was property that did not belong to them, that they broke into like any other criminals, and vandalized….THIS has nothing to do with Waco or Ruby Ridge, this is a bunch of welfare ranchers wanting to continue a “free ride” by grazing their cattle on taxpayer owned lands.

  17. Karen Remnant says:

    Well said Judith! They should be made to make good the damage they’ve caused.

  18. Lisa Allred Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & Shared

  19. Angela Rabon says:

    The government said the total cost for the occupiers was $6 million dollars. That was from start to finish…41 days. If you do not think the occupiers are responsible for making restitution, think about it like this, had they invaded your home because they felt like it for whatever reason they wanted to, and damaged your home and surrounding property, do you think they should be held responsible for that or should you pay for it???

  20. “Aren’t humans amazing? They kill wildlife – birds, deer, all kinds of cats, coyotes, beavers, groundhogs, mice and foxes by the million in order to protect their domestic animals and their feed. Then they kill domestic animals by the billion and eat them. This in turn kills people by the million, because eating all those animals leads to degenerative – and fatal – health conditions like heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and cancer. So then humans spend billions of dollars torturing and killing millions more animals to look for cures for these diseases. Elsewhere, millions of other human beings are being killed by hunger and malnutrition because food they could eat is being used to fatten domestic animals. Meanwhile, few people recognize the absurdity of humans, who kill so easily and violently, and once a year send out cards praying for “Peace on Earth.”~ David Coates

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